How to Keep Fruit and Vegetables Fresh

Grocery shopping and gardening can be tiring, so your first instinct might be to throw all of your produce in the crisper drawers of your refrigerator and move on with your day. Please don’t.  Every person in America is responsible for roughly one pound of food waste each day, and fruits and vegetables are the…

My Growing Bones

When I was 30, and my body decided to rebel against me, I found out that I had osteopenia- actually, pretty severe osteopenia that resulted in the doctor writing, “warranting treatment…fracture risk is moderate”.  I drank (literally) a gallon of milk every day or two when I was young, and no, osteoporosis doesn’t run in…

Why Our Kids Are at Risk for Cirrhosis

Fatty liver disease is often ignored or minimized, but this is a big, big mistake. Everyone has a little bit of fat in their liver. However, once someone has enough fat in their liver to account for 5-10% of the organ’s total weight, they have fatty liver disease. There is fatty liver disease caused by…

Why Everyone Should Be Eating Fruit. Everyone.

When you are a registered dietitian, a lot of things drive you nuts. The FDA, food marketers, bogus “experts”…it makes my skin crawl when people refuse to eat food or food ingredients, and they can’t explain why, or they try to expound on their choices, and it is a jumble of illogical and fake facts. People…

Why is Everyone Always Talking About Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. But why does that matter? Fiber helps you to achieve and maintain healthy body weight.  Fiber takes more chewing, slow the passage of food through the digestive tract so that you feel full, and may stimulate hormones that tell the brain to stop eating. It…

How Much Water Did You EAT Today?

We tend to eat the same volume of food every day. If you try to lose weight by reducing the volume of food that you eat, you are setting yourself up for failure.You need to eat the same amount of food that you’re used to but choose lower calorie foods. The calorie density of an…

Eat Carrots and Apples to be Happier?

One of the more frustrating things about being a health professional is the realization that being physically healthy is not necessarily motivation enough. It isn’t enough for a lot of people, and the older I get, the easier it is to not only accept this but to begin to understand it. It’s tough to be…